In 2021, Durham, N.C., recorded its deadliest year yet. Gun violence is at an all-time high, and it shows no signs of slowing down. WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate there, is airing a new documentary that investigates how local officials are tackling the problem.
WRAL, Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., is airing a new documentary that investigates how local officials are tackling the issue of gun violence in their city.
Durham Under Fire, airs on WRAL, tonight, Wednesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m.
At the same time, it’s available for on-demand viewing on wraldocumentary.com, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV and YouTube.
In a city where big tech companies are flocking and home prices are rising, gun violence continues to be a major problem. In 2021, the city recorded its deadliest year yet. Gun violence is at an all-time high, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
WRAL’s documentary team was given exclusive access to the Durham Police Department to see first-hand how officers are fighting the rampant and complex problem. They spent time with families decimated by gun violence, talked to advocates trying to tackle the root causes of this issue and pushed city leaders for answers.
The statistics speak for themselves. A total of 50 lives were lost last year, the highest number of homicides since at least 1995. More than 1,100 shootings have happened over the last year and half in the city, meaning more than two people are shot each day on average. So far this year, 24 people have been shot and killed.
“Innocent people are getting shot shopping at the mall and driving down the street in Durham. We wanted to explore what’s behind the increase in violence and hold leaders accountable for what’s happening night after night in the Bull City.”
Durham Under Fire will take a deeper look into the issues affecting Durham, why so many people are shooting each other in the city and what’s being done to stop it.
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